Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Top Pick Attacks Slump; Zack Cox Has New Swing as He Looks to Raise His Average at Memphis; Minor League Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Top Pick Attacks Slump; Zack Cox Has New Swing as He Looks to Raise His Average at Memphis; Minor League Insider; BASEBALL INSIDERS

Article excerpt

A slow start to a season isn't new for former first-round pick Zack Cox, and his history suggests his bat will perk up. When that strong finish will start isn't the pressing concern for the Cardinals.

Ending the false starts for good is.

Cox, the 25th overall pick in 2010 draft, took a .212 average into the weekend, an average that sat at .189 seven games ago before the Class AAA club headed west for two series. At the start of that trip, Cox had almost as many strikeouts (38) as total bases this season (43), and he had fallen into one recurring habit.

"He has to get in a better position with his hands so that he can do a bit more damage," Memphis coach Pop Warner said. "This league is a test for these guys. The (pitchers) are able to command more, locate a little better, and use pitches in counts they haven't seen before. His mentality has been good. He just has to make this adjustment in his swing."

Cox, 23, isn't alone in the skid at Memphis. The club has had two nine-game losing streaks this season and ended a five-game slide Thursday. Catcher Bryan Anderson was batting .175 before his six- for-six game Thursday. In what's believed to be an attempt to prove he can hit for more power, Mark Hamilton's untamed swing has him batting .194 with 20 strikeouts in 67 at-bats. Warner is weighing whether guys need to keep playing to surge or days off to reset.

In High-A, outfielder Nick Longmire hit .163 in April and was given three days off to rework his swing away from the game. He's seven-for-15 since.

"You have to pay attention to the way they act, the way they look," Warner said. "I can tell when he needs a day mentally. They all want to play. They all want to work through (the slumps). A day, maybe two, gets the mind set. It takes work."

That's the prescription for Cox. The third baseman, and the only first-round pick in this era to score a major league contract out of the draft, has slipped into a habit from college. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.